Duane Ballard's CB750 Digger


When he built his first digger five years ago, that raked-out rapier gained Duane Ballard the kind of notoriety few choppers could match. The most polarizing detail of that first bike was ODB's choice of motor. Honda's venerable CB750 was a staple in death traps from the drug-fueled '70s, but bikes built in the early 21st century almost always boasted big-inch V-twin mills. Not Mr. Ballard's funky retro rocket.



In 2010 Mooneyes invited Duane and both of his Honda-powered show bikes to their big event in Yokohama. To get Funkenstein looking pretty, Duane removed the gas tank for a deep clean. That's when he realized his frame's back bone was broken in half. While ODB and his friend Renato Calderone cut, lugged and slugged the top tube, CB750 guru Dennis Truddelle rebuilt the motor after a paint refresh. The new look is more blingy than ever, and Duane wowed the crowd at Mooneyes with not one but two beautiful machines from The Motherland.

People back home took notice, and when Duane, his Pink Taco and Funkenstein returned to American shores last January, a style-conscious chopper freak two blocks from Duane's home bought the Taco. Now Duane has the time and space he needs to rebuild yet another CB750, this one for his son. Clearly, the nut never falls far from the tree.

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Commented on 3-9-2011 At 03:08 pm

That is fuckin' sick

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 03:24 pm

This bike rules hard.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 03:51 pm

That is an awesome looking ride but it looks like someone may have torqued down the gas tank a little too much. It sucks when you get a fabulous paint job like that and then something like that happens.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 04:27 pm

Great looking bike!

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 04:38 pm

sweet lookin bike, especially the leather work.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 04:41 pm

I love that seat, simple design that looks amazing. Dosent take away from the bike.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 06:12 pm

Yeah it is super clean...It looks even better in person

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 06:31 pm

Been drooling over this bike for a few years now.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 06:56 pm

killer digger stance, beautiful girder, exciting yet not overbearing paintjob, and such an array of smooth understated clever little details...duane is too talented in too many diferent facets of moto culture to be human! i'm glad the alien in disguise is a part of the scene and such a good guy, too. kudos db!

now if only i could afford some of his leatherwork....

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 07:41 pm

Fuckin beautiful bike. I'd ride the hell out of it.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 07:44 pm

I remember seeing pics of Slim doing the pipes for this bike. This bike is rolling,functional art.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 09:17 pm

@ZGerman, the reason the tank is cracked is because the frame (70's C And G) is super flexy and caused the paint to crack.

No over tightening was done, it's just a flexible frame.

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 09:50 pm

SWEET!!! Love that tank!

Commented on 3-9-2011 At 10:31 pm

That lil master cylinder idea is a good one, I'm stealin that one....

Commented on 3-10-2011 At 12:17 am

Honda 750s are a beautiful thing (especially when chopped.) Solid fucking bikes. Much respect to Duane. Doesn't have to be a Harley to be gnarly.

Commented on 3-10-2011 At 09:49 am

CB750's make ill choppers. When one doesn't need to spend crazy money on an engine your free to make bugged out shit.

Commented on 3-10-2011 At 01:39 pm

One sweet machine, diggin it bigtime.

Commented on 3-10-2011 At 02:08 pm

Honda CB750's are, in my opinion the BEST looking motors going. they're just fucking MEAN looking!! This bike is fuckin bad ass, well done!

Commented on 3-10-2011 At 03:14 pm

Where or what did that little bugger guy come from on the saddle bag? Back in the day my dad had a shirt with that on it and I looked it up to see what it was but couldn't find any info on it.

nice fucking honda by the way!!


Commented on 3-10-2011 At 06:53 pm

Duane Fuckin' Ballard...Nuff said.

Commented on 3-11-2011 At 05:19 am

oh maaaan. I love cb chops.

Commented on 3-11-2011 At 08:53 am

Thanks for the info on the frame. I was not aware of that. Trust me we all appreciate the time you spend on these beautiful bikes. Then you still make time to school us on why things are the way they are. Much props Sir.

Commented on 3-13-2011 At 01:14 am

clean slick custom and sick as hell

Commented on 3-15-2011 At 10:44 am

she's a beaut, Clark!

Commented on 5-21-2011 At 08:44 am

After riding this bike I have become obsessed about getting a CB digger like Duane's. I used to be one of the "Jap is Crap" guys's of the 90's. Now I find myself lookinghere and on Ebay for 750's. Such a bitchen ride

Commented on 2-17-2012 At 08:35 pm

Ive got the same frame and girder set up, last spring i pulled the tank and found my frames back bone had broke! Havnt gotten it sorted out yet, anyone else have this problem with c&gs?

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